Tag Archives: nature photography

Walk the Trails .. See the Sights .. Gather the Memories

One of the larger flycatchers you are likely to see along many of the trails around the lake is the eastern kingbird. They tend to perch on open branches that extend over areas with abundant insects. Lake Shabbona offers many settings like the open forest edges that encompass the lake ...

What A Great Time For A Hike!

Eastern Kingbird  I think the most abundant bird at the lake is the eastern kingbird. If you have never seen one, this is the place to visit. Look along the shore line for possible perch locations. They love the trees, sticks and stumps closest to the waters edge. It gives them ...

Sights and Sounds Along the Trails

During spring migration some really beautiful warblers pass through the area. I had my binoculars on vireos in the tree tops when this beauty hopped onto a bush just a few feet away. He was very focused on a bug he wanted to consume and only gave me a quick ...

Bountiful Blessings

The Common Redpoll is a treat to see during the late fall and winter months in Illinois. They are members of the finch family. Redpolls are small birds with brownish streaks along their sides, they have a notched tail. Look for a red cap in the forehead area to help ...

In, On and Around the Lake

During my walks through the trails of Lake Shabbona this past month I found myself paying more attention to the habitats in and on the lake.  As a birder I find that I walk around looking up more often than down. Because birds fly, I am naturally scanning an area ...